We know the old saying “there are two sides to a coin” – so true in certain respects to the Word and we see that in the following passage – it is so important to read word for word to understand the true meaning of what the writer was trying to say…This little blog is about gathering knowledge and understanding and how the co-labor together! It is not enough to have one without the other!
9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God?
I was reading this passage because I felt the Lord spoke to me about someone I was asked to go and minister to…I never met the person but that how awesome our God is – if we ask,He will give within His will and timing – so anyway I figured I would read the passage I kept getting to see what the Lord was saying – So in doing so, I thought, wow this is a good passage to blog about!
My attention was drawn to verse 9-10. There are four major points we need to grasp as we read this and they are clearly defined!
1. He states – I Pray – we need to have a prayer life that is outside of our needs. We should be praying for others that are ministering, growing, caring for others and so on – The Fathers Heart is bigger then our needs – we are called to be a family – walk in unity – what better place to start then praying for each other!
2. What was he praying for –That their love would overflow – We know that the Bible states – “they should know us by the way we love each other” Love is a powerful, attractive and explosive attribute of Heaven – How is it seen on earth? Through the lifestyle we are called to walk in through the Name of Jesus. Kevin Prosch– Once sang ‘Love is the key that sets the captives free, so we worship you Lord, for the Freedom” This was back in the late 1990’s and to this day – I can still hear that line in my mind…Love is a Key – Its time to use it!
3. Knowledge – there is a huge difference between earthly knowledge and retaining knowledge about Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Heart of the Father – we are called to gain such knowledge– the Bible says “be ready in and out of season” We need to able to witness,share, pray and direct the hurting to the Cross to move in repentance and acceptance of Jesus. It’s not enough to have such knowledge, but knowing how to apply it is the true test.
4. Understanding – How do we gain understanding? Spending time with Jesus – Through worship, hanging with other believers, watching how the Lord may use His gifting – true knowledge and understanding is revealed as we walk in our true personality that is aligned to His will. We should have a passion to understand how the Holy Spirit wants to minister – what I mean is – the understanding comes as you say – Ok Lord, use me, I want to be used in your gifts, to bring salvation to the lost, to have signs and wonders follow the knowledge I speak of…
I encourage you to read this passage again – ask the Lord to help you walk in the fullness of these four points, Prayer, expressing His Love, gaining knowledge of who He is and walking in such understanding!